Council Meeting, April, 2015
Christ, Our Light! Parish Pastoral
MINUTES April 21, 2015 7:00PM CHRIST, OUR
Meeting called by Father Don Demmer
Chairperson Jerry Rauch
Vice-Chairperson Mike Parker
Secretary Pat Dobosenski
Lori Andrzejewski, Paul Bozymowski, Pat Dobosenski, Judy
Kline, Mike Parker, Kaitlin Popielarz, Jerry Rauch, Malisa
Burt, Don Farrell, Tony DiMarco, Marcia Ouellette, Karen
Roush, Beth Gooch
Absent Jack Alfes
I. Opening Prayer by Father Don and Welcome
1. Approval of March Minutes- Move to approve by Mike Parker, seconded and
2. Old Business- A.) Mission Statement- Lori had emailed the mission statement
we had discussed at the March meeting with revisions. It was finalized by the
commission. Don moved we accept it. Mike seconded. Motioned
passed. The Mission Statement for Christ, Our Light! parish
is Christ, Our Light!
is a Catholic community of Christians who have come together to be the Light
of Christ by celebrating the Eucharist and by sharing the Good News and Love
of God. Our Mission is to support our parish ministries and stewardship to
encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to educate and facilitate growth
in their personal faith.
B.) Father reported that Email Blasts were being worked on. The software for this
communication is available and our web master will take care of it.
1. Parish Council Member reports: Young Adult Group Minutes April 2015
There have been no activities this past month for the Young Adult Group. It's been
difficult to gather numbers and to get a group going so I met with Chris Gawel, director
of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, at the AOD.
Chris' suggestions were:
• Don't limit to just our parish. Branch out.
• When making announcements, be sure to add the phrase, “Do you know a
young adult or someone who would be interested?” because many young
adults do not go to church on a regular basis.
• When planning activities or outings, don't be afraid of the weekends. Growing
trend that Friday and Sunday evenings work great for adults.
• A great idea would be to have a monthly speaker and dinner. Many parishes
do this after the Saturday evening mass.
• Check out “ID 916” (http://www.id916.com/) - a young adult community
outreach program that is growing nationwide. Will have a lot of ideas,
suggestions, etc. Their big focus is to have a monthly gathering and then
branch out into small groups once you have the numbers.
• Check out St. Francis of Assisi Young Adult Group in Ann Arbor for ideas.
They also live stream monthly talks that they host at their parish.
• Make phone calls to other parishes in Troy … see what is going on, give
information, and network with pastors, youth ministers, young adult ministers.
• It takes TIME.
• What are your thoughts?
• I will be making connections and reaching out to local parishes to see about
joining forces, find out what events they host, and ideas they have to offer.
• Planning an event around another local parish or our own. Would Friday,
Saturday, or Sunday evenings be possible for a gathering at COL?
• Kaitlyn led a discussion of the items in this report. It was suggested that she
encourage young adult parishioners to join her after mass for coffee and
donuts. Also Jerry said the Theology on Tap is a good place to gather.
1. Commission Reports
A. education commission
Education Commission Minutes
Religious Education (JoAnn Bonahoom)
Students had two weeks off in April for Easter break, so it was
a short month, but full of Lenten activities and preparation for
Holy Week and Easter.
• Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl Collections for
Almsgiving amounted to $1147.75. Students and
families were very receptive and generous.
• Our Lenten preparation included a greater
concentration on prayer: individual, meditative and
traditional prayer was practiced and encouraged.
• Two of our students, Beth Clouse and Michael Knight,
were baptized at the Easter Vigil. One additional
student will be baptized after 11AM Mass on April 26.
• First Eucharist Preparation continues. The Baking
Bread or “Bread of Life” Family Day was held on
Saturday, March 28. It was a beautiful family
experience for all.
• First Eucharist Mass will be at 10AM on Saturday, May
2. Two families will receive First Eucharist at 11AM
Mass on April 26. In total, 19 children will receive First
Eucharist spanning from grade 2 – grade 10. We are
blessed to have older children and teens seeking and
deepening their faith through the sacraments.
• Our final day of Monday Religious Formation this year
will be on Monday, May 4. We will celebrate with a
May crowning in Church and ice cream treat (hopefully
outdoors – weather permitting)
Family Fun Fridays (Quarterly, Friday 7pm): next event will
take place in June, TBA Vacation Bible School: (7/13-
Setdesign with Shrine has begun, the theme is “Everest”. We
are in need of refrigerator boxes, carpet tubes, donated hiking
equipment/props and volunteers interested in paper cutting
activities and sewing rod pockets on small base camp
flags. Registration set for June.
Good Friday Bible School(4/3/15, 12-
This year was well attended with 30 participants & 12
volunteers. Projects and activities were related to
Youth Ministry: (Elaine
The youth group held a meeting last Sunday April 19th (Unable
to hold regular meeting due to Easter) At this meeting the
teens planned their calendar through June, including plans for
a "Summer" Bible study in lieu of regular Youth Group. The
next meeting will be held April 26th 5-7pm. The upcoming
Timothy Awards will see 6 Christ Our Light teens that are
involved in parish life receive recognition for their efforts. One
teen will receive an "Award of Excellence" for the work they do
at Christ Our Light. This years Award of Excellence teen is
Alaina Burt. She has volunteered with GFBS, VBS, a
Catechist and volunteers in several community activities. The
youth group is also making plans for fundraising of some kind
to help offset the costs of the Nov. National Youth Conference
being held in Indianapolis.
"Passing on the Faith" presentation is scheduled for
Thursday, April 23, at 7PM at Christ, Our Light!. Sponsored
by the AOD Department of Youth /Young Adult Ministry
streamlined for parents of today. It will address practical
issues such as how to talk to your children about faith and
Catholic tradition, how to model the faith and associated values
as parents, and provide inspiration to motivate your children
and future generations.
April 17, 2015
April brought great opportunities for both Outreach and
A. Every name was taken from our Easter egg tree display
and those, either ill or homebound, were touched by the many
cards they received from our parishioners.
B. Over 200 Easter baskets were given to the following
Sister Marie Roy who services 12 families from downtown
25 Adult men and women from M.O.R.C.
7 Families from Christ, Our Light! parish
Angels Place Group
On My Own Group
Children at St. Damien of Molokai Parish in Pontiac
C. Deacon Brian Conner was guest speaker at our
Evangelization gathering on March 12th and did a marvelous
presentation on the Mystery of the Trinity.
D. On March 25th. Betty Sheehan facilitated a day of
Reflection. The focus of the day centered on the Feast of the
Incarnation. Table sharing was very fruitful and presentations
by our groups offered ways that we, too, could be Jesus Christ
in our present world.
E. On April 16th. Our Evangelization gathering celebrated
with very special prayer service honoring all peoples to “come
to the table of the Lord”. Following we were treated with
viewing a great documentary on the “Miracles of the Body and
Christ Of our Savior, Jesus Christ”
F. Our Christian Service Committee continues to make a
difference in the lives of those who have lost loved ones by
providing funeral lunches as needed.
Respectfully submitted by Marcia Ouellette and Betty Sheehan
C. WORSHIP Holy
week was successful with many, many people
coming to the communal penance services and all of
the Holy week services as well as large attendance
at the Easter Masses. Father commented on the
combined 9:30 and 11 o’clock choirs for Holy
Thursday and Easter Vigil. The possibility of
switching the Wednesday morning mass for a
Wednesday evening mass as was done during Lent
is being considered. It won’t happen until Fall at the
earliest, if then.
D. Vicarate Report
• The Vicariate met at St. Thomas More last month
and Christ, Our Light! will host the meeting on April
28th. Don reported that CSA will be starting next month
in all the parishes. Those that don’t make their goal
will be assessed the remainder. Jerry inquired if the
Vicariate did a matrix on Christian Service. What kind
of activities happen in other parishes with Christian
Service? He will check to see if there is a matrix. Don
and Tony said that often reports are made about the
kinds of activities happening in individual parishes
through Christian Service but nothing prepared in a
matrix as far as they knew.
E. Finance Report
• Karen Roush, from the Parish Finance Council was
present to report on what is happening with the
budget. The council is working on finalization of the
budget next month. Everything seems to be on point for
the budget. Everything looks good for the next 9
months. The council is considering all of the updates
Father proposed to the Parish Council in the March
• The Finance Council is moving forward according to
1. New business: 1.) Paul mentioned a DVD set from Ascension Press. It features a teen
look at the Mass. Paul will give the information to Father who will give it to JoAnn for
wondered how Christ, Our Light! is doing compared to the two parishes, St. Alan and St.
Columban’s, who merged… numbers of families, etc. He was told that we are
maintaining or slightly increasing our numbers. People are getting involved as they
become members of their “new” community. 3.) Pat checked on the status of the 2015
directories. Father said they are in process. 4.) Pat was asked to inquire who
writes/selects the Prayers of the Faithful at weekend masses. Father said MaryAnn
selects them from a book of suggested prayers. 5.) Pat mentioned that the American
Red Cross would like to acknowledge her and the blood donors from Christ, Our Light! for
the outstanding contribution that has been made to the blood supply in our local
community hospitals for many, many years. Representatives from American Red Cross
will be present at the 8 a.m. Mass at Christ, Our Light! on Sunday, June 7th. They will
move on to Our Shepherd for a similar presentation there at Our Shepherd’s 11 o’clock
2. Pastor’s remarks: Our new CSA goal for this year is $125,000. Adjustments are being
made in the budget but proposals for landscaping, facia on building, parking lot
replacement, and bathrooms will be covered. Bids are still coming in and decisions being
made. The children’s playground will be materializing in the near future. Stakes are in
place for the area. Ground covering and structures will be in place soon.
3. Closing prayer by Father Don
4. Meeting adjourned at 7:55.